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U.S. Postal Service Requests Market Test of Experimental Product – Plus One On Tuesday August 13, the U.S. Postal Service filed a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to conduct a Market Test of a product called "Plus One". According to the USPS filing Plus One is "is an addressed advertising card that may be mailed as an add-on piece with a USPS Marketing Mail Letters “marriage mail” envelope containing multiple advertising pieces. Marriage mail is a service provided by third-party mail service providers who combine advertisements from multiple businesses into a single mailpiece, thereby significantly reducing each business’s per-address mailing expense." 

Commissioner Michael M. Kubayanda Named PRC Vice Chairman On Friday August 9, the Postal Regulatory Commission (Commission) voted to designate Commissioner Michael M. Kubayanda Vice Chairman of the Commission for the remainder of the 2019 calendar year and the full 2020 calendar year. 

U.S. Postal Service Reports Third Quarter 2019 Fiscal Results The U.S. Postal Service reported total revenue of $17.1 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 (April 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019), a decrease of $16 million, which is essentially flat compared to the same quarter last year. Total operating expenses were $19.3 billion for the quarter, an increase of $797 million, or 4.3 percent, compared to the same quarter last year. Excluding costs resulting from actuarial revaluation, discount rate changes, and amortization of unfunded liabilities, which are outside of management's control, expenses increased by $218 million, or 1.2 percent, compared to the same quarter last year.

Ann Fisher and Ashley Poling Sworn in as Commissioners Ann C. Fisher (R) and Ashley E. Poling (D) were confirmed by the Senate and begin their first term as commissioners of the Postal Regulatory Commission (Commission). President Donald J. Trump nominated Fisher and Poling for terms that extend through 2024. Ms. Fisher and Ms. Poling assume their roles at a critical time, as the Commission is currently involved in a major review of the system for setting Market Dominant rates.

Senate Confirms Postal Nominees The Senate has confirmed the nominations of three additional Postal Governors: Ron A. Bloom, term expiring Dec 8, 2020, Roman Martinez IV, exp Dec 8, 2024 and John McLeod Barger, of California, exp Dec 8, 2021. Upon their being sworn in, which could happen in time for the August 9th Board of Governors meeting, the Postal Service's Board will have sufficient Governors to maintain a quorum. The Senate also confirmed two nominees to be Postal Regulatory Commissioners, Ann C. Fisher, for a term expiring on Oct 14, 2024, and Ashley Jay Elizabeth Poling, term expiring Nov 22, 2024. The two new Commissioners will take the places of outgoing Commissioners Langley and Hammond. 

USPS Initiates Process of Self-Declaring Inbound International Rates. On May 21, the Postal Service filed documents with the Postal Regulatory Commission initiating the process of self-declaring inbound international rates; a necessary precursor to eventual withdrawal of the US from the Universal Postal Union.  The Postal Service's filings do not contain actual prices, but do present domestic rate benchmarks that will be used to determine the inbound rates and the rate ranges that result therefrom. The Postal Service will be presenting actual rates in a subsequent filing.

UPU to hold 3rExtraordinary Congress The Universal Postal Union (UPU) has received enough "yes" votes from member countries that it will now hold it's third extraordinary congress to review the current terminal dues system. The congress, which will take place September 24-25 in Berne Switzerland, arguably increases the likelihood that the US will remain a member country of the UPU. The vote has no immediate effect on the self-declared inbound rates that are pending at the Postal Regulatory Commission.